By Freya Ensbey.
Autumn brings a change to the air; a clean crisp breeze
begins to fill our days with an energising freshness as those sweltering and
sometimes draining Summer heatwaves fade away. As you pull on your jacket again
and swap your sandals for boots, take a seasonal sea change and embrace Autumn
with a weekend escape. Whether it’s a romantic getaway for two, an adventure
packed boys weekend, a girls weekend to re-connect, or a trip to enjoy with
the family, we have you covered from the Gold Coast’s hinterland to the
coastline of Tasmania.
Rainforest Retreat | QLD
For a getaway the whole family can enjoy, pack the car and
head to the hills of the Gold Coast’s stunning hinterland region to discover
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. The O’Reilly family began hosting visitors in
Lamington National Park in 1915, and to this day the third generation of
O’Reilly’s now manage the retreat and villa precinct.
Book into the Three
Bedroom Valley View Villa which provides enough space for the kids to have
their own rooms and for mum and dad to retreat with privacy. Listening to the
crackling fire as you all enjoy a hot tub soak on the deck together, unwind as
you take in the views of the valley beyond. With plenty of activities to keep
the kids entertained, take part in a glow worm cave tour, soar through the tree
tops on a flying fox adventure or pull on your walking shoes and take to one of
the many waterfall hikes nearby.
Kickerbell | NSW
Grab the girls and make your way through the countryside of
Quirindi to discover Little Kickerbell residing on 33 acres of farmland.
Surrounded by cattle, crops and deep green valleys, opening out to the
mountains beyond, the views are an experience in themselves.
The historic farmhouse and grounds offer accommodation
options for up to 15 guests in the exquisite art filled bedroom wing and
restored shearer’s quarters, offering lush bed linens, quaint ornaments and
Warm up of an evening by heading to the restaurant to sample
a menu created by resident Chef Cathy who has cooked for the likes of Prince,
Cher and Paul Simon, before owning her own multi award-winning restaurant
bistro in America’s Ohio. With its wrap around verandah ideal for lounging in
the warming sun to read a book, spacious layout and homely feel, Little
Kickerbell would make the ideal destination for any upcoming celebration.
Lane Cottages | VIC
Set between the lush green valleys of South Gippsland and
the rural township of Mirboo, is Loves Lane Cottages. Light the pot belly fire
and crack a bottle of red as you explore The
Orchard Cottage with an open plan layout, queen bed and large corner spa.
With a fully equipped kitchen, channel your inner Chef and create a gourmet
dinner for your loved one to enjoy from the balcony which offers sprawling
views of the rolling grounds beyond. As the morning sun beams through the
windows at dawn, start your day with a stroll around the lake as you watch the
wildlife with a cup of coffee in hand, before whipping up some bacon and eggs
on the outdoor barbeque and taking to the pool area for a day of basking in the
Macintosh | SA
Found just inland from Mount Gambier is South Australian
hidden gem, William Macintosh Motor Lodge. Located amongst lush manicured
lawns, adjacent to a sprawling forest land, sits the neat and tidy
accommodation suites of the lodge.
Book into the executive room and enjoy access to your own
private courtyard, spa, queen bed and mini bar, making for the ideal couple’s
escape. Expect to find facilities to make your stay more comfortable like free
wi-fi, room service and a full laundry service, whilst the bar and lounge is
the perfect way to end a day of exploring the nearby surrounds.
Sip the afternoon away with a glass of local wine before you
begin your evening meal in the resident restaurant, perhaps ordering the soul
warming lamb shank in rosemary, red wine gravy and potato mash, finishing with
a decadent warm chocolate mud cake, vanilla ice cream, chocolate liqueur sauce
and whipped cream.
Tassie Cottages | TAS
The ultimate boys escape should be packed with the equal
ratio of adventure, relaxation and of course beer and what better place to find
this than in the great outdoors of Tasmania, with some of the best hiking
tracks in the world and hundreds of kilometres of coastline to explore.
Tassie Cottages offers the Island View Spa Cottage, arguably one of the best positioned self-contained
cottages in the State, with a spacious North facing outdoor living area with 180-degree
views out over Duck Bay, Bass Strait, Perkins, Robbins and Three Hummock
Islands. Gather kindling from the surrounding shrubbery and light the wood fire
on the deck to warm up the space as the spa bath is run and the meat sizzles on the barbeque, leaving the only thing to do - to crack open some icy beers and
create memories which will last a lifetime.
To ease into the Autumn season upon your return home, be sure
to check out our top Autumn
stew recipes to warm the soul.